GIANTS Dynamos might want to put many issues behind them after they host early season pace-setters Manica Diamonds in a Castle Lager Premiership soccer tie on the National Sports Stadium this Sunday.
The Glamour Boys spent the higher a part of the week counting the losses from the defeat by outdated foes Highlanders within the excessive stakes Presidential Independence Day Trophy ultimate at Barbourfields on Monday.
DeMbare not solely misplaced the bragging rights after surrendering the trophy they’d gained final yr in opposition to the identical opponents, however they missed out on an enormous pay day, which might have seen every participant going house with not lower than US$1 500 richer.
They additionally had their six-match unbeaten run breached. Then the bodily exhaustion that got here with travelling to and from Bulawayo on awkward days, and shedding a minimum of someday of preparations.
DeMbare coach Tonderai Ndiraya yesterday mentioned they’ve managed to place behind them the setback, after shedding 0-1 to outdated foes Highlanders within the ultimate of the Presidential Independence Day Trophy, which carried $6 million from the Government and about US$51 000 bonus, availed by their sponsors Sakunda Holdings, for the winners.
They returned house on Tuesday with US$9 000 and $4.5 million for being runners-up. Ndiraya instructed The Herald yesterday that his workforce has shifted focus to the league competitors, the place they’ve performed pretty properly.
Ndiraya mentioned they’ve since shifted focus to the preparations for his or her subsequent sport in opposition to Manica Diamonds on the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
“We are preparing very well,” mentioned Ndiraya.
“But I feel our preparations have been a bit completely different within the sense that we performed Highlanders on Monday. Obviously we travelled again to Harare on Tuesday and we needed to begin our severe preparations with the workforce on Wednesday.
“So that took away someday off our coaching schedule and we now have acquired to see how we handle the scenario as a result of what’s essential in soccer is restoration.
“We have gotten to get well from the travelling and naturally the sport which we performed on Monday, an uncommon day, however, in fact, an essential day within the historical past of the nation.
“We are performed with the Independence Day celebrations and we are actually absolutely centered on the league programme which is an extended one, gruelling and troublesome one for that matter.
“So we’re having to psychologically discuss to our gamers to shift from a celebratory temper to a severe league marketing campaign temper which we had earlier than the Uhuru celebrations.
“That’s what we have been working on. We are working on the recovery of the players. It’s going to be difficult but we know how we are going to manage that recovery.”
Dynamos at the moment sit on high of the desk with 23 factors from 11 outings. They had a profitable run of 5 video games earlier than settling for a share of the spoils with Ngezi Platinum Stars of their final league sport.
But Manica Diamonds, who led the race earlier within the season, will not be far off as they’re third with 20 factors. The Mutare-based Gem Boys have had an honest run and are at the moment unbeaten of their final seven video games.
They final tasted defeat after they fell to a shock 1-2 defeat to Herentals simply over two months in the past. They have some of the deadly forwards within the league this season in purpose poacher Nyasha Chintuli, who’s the joint high scorer with CAPS United’s William Manondo on 9 targets from 11 video games.
However, Johannes Nhumwa’s facet has not gained a match since March 13 after they beat Triangle 2-1. Their final 4 matches have resulted in attracts in opposition to Cranborne Bullets, FC Platinum, Chicken Inn and Bulawayo Chiefs. Manica Diamonds made an enormous assertion after they thrashed giants CAPS United 6-2 at Sakubva.
Castle Lager Premiership Fixtures
Tomorrow: Chicken Inn v Bulawayo City (Luveve), ZPC Kariba v Ngezi Platinum (Nyamhunga), FC Platinum v Highlanders (Mandava), Harare City v Black Rhinos (NSS), Tenax v Yadah (Sakubva)
Sunday: Dynamos v Manica Diamond (NSS), Triangle v CAPS United (Gibbo), Bulawayo Chiefs v Whawha (Barbourfields), Cranborne Bullets v Herentals (Sakubva)